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42 waterfalls in national parks closed temporarily

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced a temporary closure of 42 waterfalls in national parks across the country in wake of the looming rainy season….

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Chiang Mai residents to rally to demand dismantling of Doi Suthep housing units

Opponents to the controversial Doi Suthep foothill housing estate for court judges and officials plan to demonstrate at Tha Pae gate in Chiang Mai on August 26 to demand immediate…

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National artist Thae Prakas-vudhisarn dies at 100

Thae Prakas-vudhisarn, a national artist in the field of performing art (movie and drama) in 1999 and well-known Thai film maker, died on Aug 12 at the age of 100,…

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Suspect caught after bank robbed with fake grenade

A suspect was arrested soon after a man staged a bank robbery near the Victory Monument  with a fake hand grenade and made off with 55,760 baht on Sunday night,…

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Super Poll director doubts poll result on election inspectors

Super Poll Research Office Noppadol Kanikar has expressed doubts over the reliability of an opinion poll conducted by the Office of the Secretary-General of the Senate on the Election Commission…

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Banteng killed in national forest reserve

A male banteng (a species of wild cattle) has been found shot to death in a national forest reserve in Lan Sak district of Uthai Thani province. Forest rangers from…

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in cancer trial

(Reuters) A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the…

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5 senior policemen in Samut Sakhon moved to inactive posts

The superintendent of Krathum Baen district police, Samut Sakhon province, and four other senior police officers have been ordered transferred out of the province following a raid on a pub…

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New venue chosen to house judges to end Doi Suthep dispute

The administrative board of the judiciary has agreed to ask the Agricultural Techniqe Department for the use of a 40-rai plot of land of the plants research centre in Chiang…

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HM the King’s title deed of land donated for new zoo on display

The Dusit Zoo or Khao Din has put on public display at the zoo a land title deed of a 300-rai plot of land donated by His Majesty the King…

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Woman, daughter killed in Narathiwat gun attack

A woman and her daughter were killed in a ride-by gun attack by two assailants in Bacho district of Narathiwat province on Saturday morning, police said. Pol Lt Akarat Nuangmatcha,…

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Prisons to open throughout August for family visits to mark Mother’s Day

On the occasion of the Mother’s Day Aug 12, prisons and detention centres throughout the country will open for relatives to meet inmates throughout the month of August, Corrections Department…

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8 provinces warned to brace for flash flood and landslide

Eight provinces in the northeast, eastern and southern regions have been warned by the National Water Resources Office to brace for flash food and landslides due to accumulated rainfalls for…

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8 large-sized dams now under watch

The Office of National Water Resources is keeping a close watch on eight large-sized dams which are holding water at alarming levels, ONWR secretary-general Somkiat Prajumwong said on Friday. Mr…

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BMA to legalize vending on footpaths of Khao San road

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has decided to allow vendors to sell their merchandises on the footpaths of Khao San road between 4pm-midnight, said Bangkok deputy governor Sakolthee Pattiyakul today. Mr…

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Activist Veera given suspended jail term, ordered to do social

  Political activist Veera Somkwamkid was today given a 16- month suspended jail term and ordered to do social work for one year after he was found guilty by the Criminal…

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Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom receding

Water in the Mekong River along the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom is receding, enabling water in the tributaries to flow in a larger volume into the the main…

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37 provinces warned of heavy rain, landslides

Outbreaks of rain and isolated heavy downpours are likely to hit the North, Northeast, Central, East and South regions today, the Meteorological Department has warned.   The bad weather conditions…

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Kaeng Krachan’s spillway spillover first time in 15 years

The spillover of water at the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi today is the first time ever in 15 years of the history of the dam mainly due…

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Low-lying areas of Phetchaburi face flooding this Sunday

Water in the Phetchaburi river is anticipated to rise to its highest level this Sunday and to start swamping low-lying areas of the Muang district of Phetchaburi between 30-50 cm…

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4 Wild Boars footballers and coach granted Thai citizenship

The three stateless Wild Boars footballers and their coach have been granted Thai citizenship. Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham said he signed the approval of Thai citizenships…

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India is now world’s No. 1 rice exporter 

India has dethroned Thailand as the world’s top rice exporter for the first seven months of this year with a total export of 7.05 million tonnes – a slight increase…

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Stargazers can view meteor shower after midnight Aug 12

Thai people across the country will be able to view Perseids meteor shower after midnight of Sunday August 12 until Monday morning if the sky is clear and free of…

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PM insists mandatory conscription is still needed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday reaffirmed the need to retain the mandatory conscription for Thai male adults as soldiers form an indispensable force in time of crisis or emergency….

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Corruption watchdog faults 4 ex-officials of malfeasance related to temple fund fraud

Four former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) have been faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for malfeasance in office and disciplinary violations in connection with…

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Four national parks to cede some land for reservoirs

The Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to slice off some areas of four national parks for the construction of reservoirs of the…

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Foreign tourists disembark a boat coming from Gili Trawangan island, in Bangsal, North Lombok today, the day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area.

Earthquake death toll on Lombok island rises to 98

Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, prompting…

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PM moody with question about Thailand’s Asean chairmanship

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s mood obviously turned sour this afternoon after he was asked to react to the much-publicized commentary by an Indonesian newspaper columnist who argued that Thailand doesn’t…

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Irrigation unveils plan to divert runoff from Kaeng Krachan dam

The Royal Irrigation Department has unveiled a two-pronged plan to divert runoff from the Kaeng Krachan dam into an irrigation system on both sides of the Phetchaburi river and into…

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Police’s job openings for male-only officers discriminatory: NHRC

The Royal Thai Police Office’s recent job opening for male-only inquiry officers is discriminatory and a violation against the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women…

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Tourists stream into Wat Rongkhun to see Samarn’s statue

The famous Wat Rongkhun in Chiang Rai’s Muang district now has a new attraction — the half-finished statue of Lt-Commander Samarn Kunan, former Thai Navy SEAL member who died during…

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Prayut to visit Phetchaburi as Kaeng Krachan dam’s spillway spills over

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Phetchaburi on Wednesday as excess water began to overflow the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam into the Phetchaburi river at about 10…

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Two Kanchanaburi dams discharging more water

Two major dams in the western province of Kanchanaburi, Vajiralongkorn Dam and Srinagarind Dam, are now discharging more water down the Mae Klong River following continuous rain influenced by a…

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Irrigation Department draws lessons from previous floods to plan this year’s dam water management

The Royal Irrigation Department has drawn lessons learned from the floods in 2016-17 in planning the management of water in the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province to protect the…

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PM concerned with prospect of prolonged flooding in Phetchaburi province

Prime Minister Prauyuth Chan-o-cha has instructed all authorities concerned with water management to closely monitor water situation in all dams and reservoirs, especially the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province…

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Phetchaburi residents in frantic rush to face flooding tomorrow

People in Phetchaburi’s Muang district have started filling sand bags distributed by officials in preparation for potential flooding as 20 water-pushing boats provided by the Royal Thai Navy were on…

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5 districts in Phetchauburi face flooding as more water drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam

People living in five districts of Phetchaburi province have been warned to brace for flooding as more water is being drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam which is now 97…

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Readjustment of  water drainage from three dams ahead of anticipated more rains

The National Water Resources Office has ordered a readjustment of the plan to drain water out of Vajiralongkorn, Nam Oon and Kaeng Krachan dams in anticipation of more rains in…

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Two bomb suspects arrested in Pattani

A combined team of military and police officers have arrested two men suspected of involvement in the bombing of ATM machines in Pattani’s Yarang district on May 20. Soldiers from…

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Red flags erected along Chi River banks in Yasothon

Yasothon authorities have erected red flags along the banks of the Chi River which runs through the province as a warning for residents to take precautions as the river has…

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Lao dam collapse won’t affect Thailand’s power security

The recent partial collapse of one of the saddle dams of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Laos’s Attapeu province will not affect Thailand’s electricity security, Energy Minister Siri…

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Court rejects bail for 8 ex-officials implicated in temple fund scandal

The Criminal Court for Corruption and Malfeasance Cases on Thursday rejected bail requested by five former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism on the ground that their alleged…

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Famous Ban Paew water draining team to save Sakhon Nakhon from flooding

A team of water draining experts from Ban Paew district in Samut Sakhon province is now in the northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon with their high-powered water pumps to help drain…

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War room to start keeping track of water situation tomorrow

The government will open a “war room” tomorrow to keep track of water situation throughout the country around-the-clock in anticipation of another storm which was forecast to hit Thailand in…

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Phayao gearing up for opening of Ban Huak checkpoint

All parties concerned in the northern border province of Phayao are gearing up for the opening of a perment border checkpoint with Laos at Ban Huak in Phusang district.  …

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Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi to discharge more water 

Up to 36 million cubic metres of water will be released downstream each day from the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province from tomorrow until Sunday. Vajiralongkorn dam director Mr Waiwit…

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Heavy floodings hit 7 northeastern provinces

Persistent heavy rain and the overflow of water from the Mekong River and its tributaries have caused severe flooding in seven provinces in the Northeast, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department…

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Cameramen warned not to use baits to lure birds for photo shooting

Wildlife photographers have been warned not to use baits or sound recorder to lure wild animals out of the bushes to the open so they can take their pictures or…

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Over 1,000 pigs seized in Chachoengsao after red meat enhancer found

Officials of the Livestock Development Department have seized 1,089 pigs from two pig farms in Muang district of Chachoengsao province after urine tests show positive result of red meat enhancer….

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Many vendors rebel against hawking ban on pavement of the world-famous Khao Sarn Road which goes into effect today.

Khao Sarn vendors defy enforcement of hawking ban

Vendors on Khao Sarn road, an area renowned for street foods and popular with western backpackers,  have openly defied the City Hall’s vending ban on the sidewalks. Officials of the…

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List of 5 EC members to HM the King on Aug 3

The list of the five newly-designated Election Commission members, including its chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong, is expected to be forwarded to His Majesty the King for royal approval on Aug 3, National…

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Robots threatening jobs for new graduates

New graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in fields not highly demanded by the labour market, are likely to face stiff competition from robots, warned Mr Thanit Sorat, vice president…

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107-year old Karen spiritual leader granted Thai citizenship

Spiritual leader of ethnic Karens of Kaeng Krachan forest in Phetchaburi, 107-year old Ko-ee Meeme, registered for a Thai identity card at Kaeng Krachang district office on Tuesday after he…

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Phu Chee-fah declared disaster zone after road section caved in

Chiang Rai’s Phu Chee-fah was on Tuesday declared a disaster zone after the cave-in of a section of the mountain road leading to the popular tourist destination which subsequently pulled…

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Flash floods, landslide force schools to close in Mae Hong Son

Many schools in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son province have been temporarily closed after flash floods hit many areas and Mae Sariang-Mae Sam Laep road was blocked by…

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Chiang Rai road temporarily blocked by landslide

A main road connecting Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong district along the Mekong River in Chiang Rai was briefly blocked by fallen earth and rocks in a landslide early this…

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15 provinces warned of flash floods, landslides

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has issued a warning for 15 provinces, five each in the North, Central and South, to beware of flash floods and landslides, department chief…

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First group of Thai on way home from Lombok

The first group of Thai tourists safely rescued from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island yesterday are on their way back to Thailand this morning.   A post on the Facebook…

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Navy SEAL releases clip of under-water atmosphere in Tham Luang cave

The Thai Navy SEAL today released a video clip showing what its divers had to encounter while diving  from the so-called Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Khun Nam-Nang Non cave…

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Landslide-devastated Ban Huay Kharb village to be resettled

About 60 families in Ban Huay Kharb, Nan’s Bo Klua district which was hit by a landslide over the weekend have agreed to be resettled to a new location after…

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59 provinces told to brace for floods, mudslides

Disaster prevention and prevention offices in 59 provinces have been instructed to be fully prepared for river overflows, flash floods and landslides as many provinces in the North, Northeast, Central…

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Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

People living along the bank of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai province in the North and Mukdahan province in the Northeast have been told to take precautions against possible…

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Death toll in Lombok landslide rises to 14

The death toll from a powerful magnitude-6.4 earthquake which struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia today has climbed to 14 while about 150 Thai tourists are reported…

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Record-high water inflow into Vajiralongkorn dam in 34 years

An accumulated amount of 3,325 million cubic metres of water have flowed into the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province since the beginning of this year, making it the annual record…

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Northern provinces warned to watch out for flash floods

Directors of public disaster prevention and mitigation centres in all northern provinces have been ordered to watch out for flash floods and landslides in the wake of possible heavy rains…

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Eight bodies recovered from buried house in Nan

Search and rescue workers have recovered all the eight bodies of villagers whose house was buried in a landslide in Bo Klua district of the northern most province of Nan…

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33 households evacuated for fear of second landslide

Thirty-three households in a mountainous village in Bo Klua district of the northernmost province of Nan were ordered today to immediately evacuate to a temple five kilometres away for fear…

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7 killed, 2 missing in Nan landslide

Seven people were killed and two others missing in a landslide caused by heavy rain in a village in Bo Klua district of Nan province in the North this morning….

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7 districts of Nakhon Phanom declared flood disaster zone

The disaster prevention and mitigation centre of the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom has declared seven districts a flood disaster zone as water in the Mekong River has continued…

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Govt’s thank-you party postponed indefinitely

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the government’s thank-you party, originally scheduled for Aug 1, to be postponed indefinitely because many of the guests are currently taking part in relief…

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People around the world marvel at eclipse of the century

Stargazers around the world this morning watched the spectacular event as the moon turned “blood red” in a total lunar eclipse for an hour and 43 minutes — the longest…

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PM leads religious activities marking HM King’s birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning performed a religious ceremony at Sanam Luang to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 66th birthday.  A large number of people, including Privy Council…

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PM explains new principle in garbage disposal management

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last night defended the new Cleanliness Act promulgated last year which empowers local administration organizations to manage garbage disposal with the private sector allowed to join…

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Crackdown on suspected major loan sharks in Udon Thani

In a major crackdown of loan sharks in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, police, military personnel and local administration officials arrested three members of a business family on charges…

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HM King: Thailand stands by Laos and its people

His Majesty the King has conveyed his condolences to Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith over the flood disaster caused by the partial collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province….

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Rescue efforts cover only 30 % of Sanamxay’s flood-affected areas

Despite frantic efforts by both Laotian and foreign rescue teams to reach flood victims in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province in southern Laos, a senior Laotian official admitted that they…

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Picture album of Tham Luang rescue to be distributed at thank-you party

An album of pictures of the operation to rescue the 12 Moo Pa Academy footballers and their coach from Tham Luang cave will be distributed to people attending the thank-you…

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23 injured in temple’s ubosot floor collapse

A total of 23 people attending a foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of an ubosot (chapel) at a temple in Warin Chamrab district of the northeastern province of…

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Australian doctor reveals how Wild Boars were sedated

The Australian doctor involved in the Tham Luang cave rescue has revealed that he taught divers how to administer dangerous anaesthetic drugs so they could sedate the Wild Boar team…

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Thai rescuers help many Laotian villagers to safety

A Thai private rescue team is playing a crucial role in the operation to search and rescue Laotian villagers stranded by the floods that have devastated large areas in Sanamxay…

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Photo: Cambodian soldiers evacuate residents by boat from the floodings in Stung Treng province on Thursday. The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate.

Impact from floods in Attapeu widens

The impact of the dam-caused flood disaster in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district has widened as floodwaters flow further downstream from the Xe Pian River, Vientianes Times reported. It said the…

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Thai rescue teams join relief operation in Laos

Rescue teams of Laos, Thailand and China have been rushing to rescue survivors and search for signs of the missing since Monday night in the flooded villages of Sanamxay district…

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Nation-wide public donations launched for dam victims in Laos

All governors have been ordered by Interior permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert to set up donation centres in their respective provinces to accept cash or material donations from members of the…

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Company insists dam built in accordance with international standard

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl has defended its construction of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos as being in compliance with international standard, but the fracture and…

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Company must be responsible for dam collapse: Laos minister

An official of the company which operates the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos was quoted saying today that the firm would take full responsibility for the…

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Prayut chairs religious rite to mark King’s 66th birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning presided over a religious ceremony of five religions — Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism — to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s…

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Rescuers battle to search for 131 still missing: PM Thongloun

Laotian rescuers are battling to search for 131 villagers still missing since Monday night after a fracture in Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower dam caused devastating flooding in villages in…

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Help underway for a teacher who guaranteed loans for 60 students

The Legal Execution Department and the Student Loan Fund have stepped in to help a school teacher whose assets are at risk of being confiscated after ุ60 of her students…

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Limits set on number of SIM cards individuals can buy

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to impose a cap on the number of SIM cards that each individual subscriber can buy. NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit said that…

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Australian Tham Luang rescuers honoured

Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen were today awarded Australia’s second-highest civilian bravery decoration at a specially-convened ceremony for their leading role in the rescue of the 12 Wild…

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Prawit rushed to hospital from Cabinet meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was urgently taken to hospital after complaining of a serious stomach-ache while attending the mobile Cabinet meeting in Ubon Ratchathani province this afternoon. He was…

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Cabinet Oks 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge 

The Cabinet today approved the construction of the sixth Thai-Lao friendship bridge linking Nadan district of Ubon Ratchathani with Pheng township in Salavan province. Construction of the one-kilometre bridge spanning…

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Ubon mobile Cabinet meeting begins

The Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, began meeting at Ubon Ratchathani University amid tight security this morning. Police have been deployed around the Thepparattana Siripapha building, where the…

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Big clean-up needed to restore flood-ravaged village in Sangkhla

Many residents of Ban Sanaepong village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province have returned to their homes today after flooding has receded but they have found to their dismay…

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3 major dams are now over 80 percent full

Three major dams on the southwestern part of the country are now more than 80 percent full although the end of the rainy season is about three months away.  …

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Court spokesman explains why alleged knifeman was acquitted

The spokesman of the court of justice tried to clarify why the Criminal Court ordered the acquittal of the defendant in a murder case which allegedly led to an apparent…

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PM advises detractors to stop reading newspapers for 5 days

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has an advice for people who dislike him. “Stop reading newspapers for five days,” he said, adding that they would start loving him after that. Addressing…

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Tour boats, small fishing boats in Phang-nga told to stay ashore

Operators of tour boats and small fishing boats in the southern coastal province of Phang-nga have been told to stay ashore because of rough seas and high waves as a…

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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Criminal Court

A man jumped to his death this morning from the 8th floor of the Criminal Court on Rajadapisek Road after the court acquitted the defendant accused of stabbing his son…

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Large quantity of crystal meth seized in Chiang Rai, 7 arrested

A combined team of rangers of the Pha Muang Force, local police and officials of the Northern Border Drug Prevention and Suppression Centre seized a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine,…

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